In his debut match at the World Cup Qatar 2022 Against England, Iran’s footballers chose not to sing their country’s anthem at the kick-off ceremony as a sign of protest and support for the women of their country.
Iran arrived in Qatar amid riots, highlighting the death of Masha Amini last september.
This is a 22-year-old girl who was arrested for not carrying the hijab or isamic veil. Masha died three days after being taken to a police station.
while the policeman Iranian denied mistreatment and said she died of a heart attack, hundreds of Iranian women rose up in protests and clashes with security forces over the death of the young woman.
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Meanwhile, this Monday on the field of the Khalifa International Stadium, the eleven chosen by the strategist Carlos Queiroz they remained silent as the melody from Iran was sung. From the stands, the fans joined them with whistles.
As the anthem ended, the players chanted “Iran, Iran” and whistles from the crowd turned to applause and cheers as the game began.
From the stands, flags with the colors of Iran and the legend “woman life freedom” (freedom for the lives of women) also stood out.
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Other demonstrations of support by Iranians regarding the situation in their country have been cutting a lock of hair as an act of solidarity with women.
In terms of football, England thrashed Iran 6-2 in the first game of Group B. The goals for the British were scored by Jude Bellingham (35′); Bukayo Saka (43′ and 62′); Raheem Sterling (46′); Marcus Rashford (71′) and Jack Grealish (89′).
Mehdi Taremi scored both goals for Iran at minute 65 and in second half aggregate.